Cheaper housing possible under Bukit Assek plan, says rep


Chieng greeting guests at his Chinese New Year open house.

AN AFFORDABLE housing scheme may soon be realised in Bukit Assek, Sibu in Sarawak.

Its assemblyman Joseph Chieng said such a project would especially benefit migrants from rural areas who had been paying relatively high rental prices averaging RM300 a month.

“I want the project to be included in the Bukit Assek Development master plan,” said Chieng, who had a meeting on the proposed project with Land Custody and Development Authority in Kuching on Feb 20.

Chieng, who was speaking at his Chinese New Year Open House, stopped short of revealing the number and prices of units under this project.

The open house hosted about 2,000 residents and was held to enable more guests to take part in festivities as well as to hear Chieng’s views on the Bukit Assek master plan.

Separately, he said Sarawak would have its own airline fleet, possibly in the third quarter of 2024, with the acquisition of Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary Maswing.

“It is important to have our own airlines because Sarawakians working or studying in peninsular Malaysia have to pay expensive airfares or cannot get a ticket to fly home, especially during festive seasons,” said Chieng. — By ANDY CHUA

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